The leaves are highly valued as seasoning in southern and westcoast Indian cooking, and Sri Lankan cooking ( ???????) , especially in curries, usually fried along with the chopped onion in the first stage of the preparation. They are also used to make thoran, vada, rasam and kadhi. In their fresh form, they have a short shelf life & do not keep well in the refrigerator. They are also available dried, though the aroma is largely inferior.